Fleet Owner reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied 10 electronic logging device (ELD) exemption requests from 10 trade organizations and associations. According to the publication, a majority of the decisions were made in June, with one being made in July. However, the government is required to publicly announce the denials this month.
Applicants included: Power and Construction Contractors Association, Western Equipment Dealers Association, Association of Energy Service Companies, Cudd Energy Services, SikhsPAC and North American Punjabi Trucker Association, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, American Disposal Service, Towing and Recovery Association of America, National Electrical Contractors Association and the Agricultural Retailers Association.
The agency reviewed each application and any comments received and made their decision based upon the merits of the application.
Currently, the hours of service (HOS) regulations require motor carriers to use ELDs instead of written logs to record their duty status each day. Fleet Owner reports that there are some ELD exceptions for short-haul operations within a 100 air-mile radius and agricultural operations within a 150 air-mile radius.
A majority of the companies were denied exemption requests were because "the agency could not ensure that the exemption would provide the requisite level of safety."
To read the full details on the exemption requests, please click here.